Renowned playback singer Janaki rejected the Padma Bhushan award conferred on her by Govt of India alleging nepotism and partiality towards North. She said nothing short of Bharat Ratna would satisfy her. She said it took n number of years to recognise her 55 yrs of contribution in films.
She said compared to Southern talent Govt favors North Indians. Her son Murali Krishna said they did not even receive any communication from Govt except hearing the news from media.